Top 50 HR Twitterati – 2015

Christine Del Castillo | |

We’ve tuned out the HR noise to bring you the worthwhile voices on Twitter: the real thinkers, the content creators, the powerhouse recruiters, small business leaders, and entrepreneurs. We’ve also had a stab at measuring their reach.

To determine the size and level of engagement in each influencer’s audience, we used their Twitter follower count and two recognized social influence measuring tools, Klout and Kred. The more the audience engages with the influencers content, the higher their Klout and Kred scores are.
Learn more about the metrics and tools we used.

Here’s a quick legend for the metrics we used:

Number of Twitter followers
Klout Score
Kred Score

The Generalists

Tweeting on talent and culture to leadership, tech and law.

  • Jennifer McClure, HR expert

    Jennifer McClure Cincinatti

    Jennifer McClure’s engaging take on the future of HR has built her a massive social following and a career as a sought-after keynote speaker. She features regularly on HR Top Lists and industry-leading blogs.

    41.8K 863 74
  • TrishMcFarlane

    Trish McFarlane St. Louis

    CEO and Principal Analyst at H3 HR Advisors. Co-host on HR Happy Hour radio. Webinar host and Co-founder of HRevolution.

    31.5K 841 74
  • Kris Dunn

    Kris Dunn Atlanta

    Founder of Fistful of Talent and HRCapitalist blogs. VP of HR who has worked Fortune 500s and startups.

    33.8K 835 60
  • Tim Sackett, HR expert

    Tim Sackett Lansing, MI

    There isn’t much in HR Tim hasn’t done. He’s got generalist experience across many industries and focuses particularly on recruitment and sourcing.

    26.6K 857 65
  • Sharlyn Lauby, HR expert

    Sharlyn Lauby South Florida

    Sage behind the friendly, approachable HRBartender blog. Tips on everything from leadership to office politics. Writes for Mashable.

    20.2K 796 70
  • Michael VanDervort

    Michael VanDervort Florida, Georgia, Amsterdam

    US-educated Dutch wanderer with blogging tendencies. Expert on HR and social media.

    22K 833 62
  • Robin Schooling, HR expert

    Robin Schooling Louisiana

    HR industry leader, strategist, writer, and speaker in New Orleans with a knack for simplifying complex topics.

    19.7K 869 66
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    Jay Kuhns Atlanta / Tampa Bay

    Florida-based HR executive with the mantra “no excuses”. A prolific blogger and speaker.

    19.3K 451 64
  • China Gorman

    China Gorman Nevada

    Workplace culture and leadership expert. Former CEO of Great Place to Work Institute, which teaches companies to do what you’d expect.  Former COO of The Society for Human Resource Management.

    15.7K 797 66
  • Naomi Bloom, HR expert

    Naomi Bloom Southwest Florida

    Influential figure in HR and managing partner at her own firm,Bloom and Wallace in the US. Speaks, blogs and often goes off topic.

    15.2K 855 N/A
  • Suzanne Lucas, HR expert

    Suzanne Lucas Basel, Switzerland

    The agony aunt of HR. Under her stage name Evil HRLady she answers any and all of your questions.

    15K 796 65


The best in talent acquisition, sourcing candidates and the hurdles of hiring.

  • Matt Buckland

    Matt Buckland London, UK

    The sharpest, most influential voice on the topic of recruiting. His blog, the King’s Shilling, is a must-read. Head of Talent and Recruiting for ForwardPartners.

    82.8K 924 66
  • Craig Fisher, HR expert

    Craig Fisher TEXAS

    Craig Fisher is the CEO of TalentNet and a renowned employer brand expert. His digital branding methods have been adopted by top companies such as LinkedIn, Zappos, and Hootsuite.

    68.6K 870 69
  • Greg Savage

    Greg Savage Sydney, Australia

    Under the moniker ‘Savage Truth’ he consults for top Australian business. Founder of Recruitment Solutions. Speaker and author.

    41.6K 887 67
  • Jörgen Sundberg

    Jörgen Sundberg London, UK

    Founder of LinkHumans, a London based social media agency. Previously in IT Recruitment and with Skandia.

    41.5K 887 67
  • Stacy Donovan Zapar, HR expert

    Stacy Donovan Zapar California

    The most-connected woman on LinkedIn. Syndicated blogger and CEO, founder of TenFold Social Training consultancy.

    34.8K 893 77
  • Shally Steckerl

    Shally Steckerl Atlanta

    A self-prescribed pain relief for your sourcing agony. Blogs at

    22.3K 832 67
  • Recruiting Animal

    Recruiting Animal Toronto

    As the Twitter handle suggests this is not the sensitive face of recruiting. Pre-eminent recruiting radio show host.

    19.7K 920 56
  • Gautam Ghosh

    Gautam Ghosh Bangalore

    Based in India with Philips, Gautam specializes in HR for large organisations. An expert on social hiring in India and beyond the subcontinent.

    18K 937 70
  • Andy Headworth, HR expert

    Andy Headworth Worthing, West Sussex, UK

    Author, blogger and founder of UK-based Sirona Consulting. Expert in social media recruitment.

    17.7K 840 66
  • Jenny DeVaughn, HR expert

    Jenny DeVaughn Atlanta, GA

    One of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Most Connected Women, with a growing following on Twitter. Dayjob as Snr Director of Employment Branding and Sourcing at ADP.

    16.8K 798 69
  • Johnny Campbell, HR expert

    Johnny Campbell Dublin, Ireland

    Invaluable resource for information on talent sourcing with a strong focus on web and social trends.

    14.3K N/A 74
  • Mervyn Dinnen, HR expert

    Mervyn Dinnen London

    Prolific blogger on the topics of social recruiting, using content for engaging talent, and the future of recruitment. Based in the UK.

    11.7K 898 64
  • Katharine Robinson, HR expert

    Katharine Robinson Reading, UK

    Former winner of the title of GrandMaster Sourcer at the SourceCon conference in San Diego. Runs UK Sourcers LinkedIn Group. Sourcing specialist at @Sourcing Hat.

    7K 784 55
  • Kirsti Grant

    Kirsti Grant Auckland

    Possibly the finest writer of job specs in the world. Head of Talent at Vend, the “destroyers of cash registers.”

    6K 827 61
  • Jerry Albright

    Jerry Albright Avilla, Indiana

    No-nonsense, results-oriented recruiting insights and resources from a veteran in the industry.

    5K 786 48

Company Builders

Our favorite follows for insight into growing great companies and nurturing talent.

  • Reid Hoffman

    Reid Hoffman San Francisco

    Reid Hoffman is the visionary investor and strategist behind today’s most successful internet-based companies: LinkedIn, Facebook, PayPal, AirBnB, and many others. He’s a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners.

    284K 905 84
  • Jason Fried

    Jason Fried Chicago, IL

    Founder and CEO at Basecamp, the project management app. Co-author of best-seller Getting Real.

    149K 940 N/A
  • Anita Campbell

    Anita Campbell Cleveland, Ohio

    CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends in Ohio. Anita writes and speaks extensively about entrepreneurship and is a known authority on small business issues.

    129K 971 74
  • Joel Spolsky

    Joel Spolsky New York, NY

    Famous in dev ciricles for his blog and book on recruiting devs. Founder of Fog Creek Software and Stack Overflow.

    106K 899 82
  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman San Francisco, CA

    President of Y Combinator. Programmer, Entrepreneur and blogger whose best work includes this amazing article on hiring.

    81.2K 917 73
  • Joel Gascoigne

    Joel Gascoigne Honolulu, Hawaii

    Founder and CEO of Buffer, the better way to handle sharing on social media. Good follow on company culture.

    48.1K 921 67


The voices worth listening to in HR media and beyond.

  • Ted Coine

    Ted Coine Florida

    Ted Coiné’s a serial business founder, a three-time CEO, and an acclaimed speaker and writer on the topics of leadership, entrepreneurship, and social media—specifically the effect of social media on the business world.

    444K 971 N/A
  • Mari Smith

    Mari Smith San Diego, California

    Mari Smith is the premier Facebook marketing expert. Facebook is partnering with Mari to teach Facebook’s “Boost Your Business” training series for small businesses.

    368K 983 73 
  • Jeremy Roberts

    Jeremy Roberts Dallas, TX

    Mainstay of the conference circuit. Creator of cool events for recruiters and sourcers. Editor of @Sourcecon.

    65.8K 808 N/A
  • Laurie Ruettimann

    Laurie Ruettimann North Carolina

    Twitter mainstay for US HR watchers. Consultant to top executives on talent and tech trends.

    39.7K 898 70
  • Kathryn Minshew

    Kathryn Minshew New York, NY

    Founder of @DailyMuse and one of Forbes 30-under-30. Careers-focused contributor at Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.

    20.4K 793 77
  • Jessica Stillman

    Jessica Stillman Nicosia

    Globe-trotting writer with an interest in unusual career paths. Good follow for Startup CEOs.

    16.8K 887 64 
  • Matt Charney

    Matt Charney Dallas, TX

    Executive Editor of Background in social marketing and self confessed HR nerd.

    12.8K 859 77 

HR Tech

Cream of creators and analysts in the fast-expanding field of HR Tech.

  • William Tincup, SPHR

    William is a leading thinker, writer, and podcaster on the topic of HR technology. He co-hosts DriveThruHR and has been featured on blogs such as Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope, and HR Examiner among others.

    247K 938 65
  • Jeff Weiner

    Jeff Weiner N/A

    CEO LinkedIn. Not an enormous amount that needs to be added.

    239K 914 81
  • Meghan M. Biro

    Meghan M. Biro Cambridge, MA

    CEO of TalentCulture and Co-Creator of the lively #TChat Show. Globally recognized HR technology strategist and workplace, social futurist.

    106K 977 N/A
  • Kevin W. Grossman

    Kevin W. Grossman Santa Cruz, CA

    Leading authority on HR and recruiting technology. Product Marketing Director at PeopleFluent and Co-Founder of Talent Culture’s #TChat Show.

    50.7K 899 60
  • Steve Boese

    Steve Boese Rochester, NY

    HR Executive Mag columnist and co-host on HR Happy Hour show. Currently co-chair of the HR Tech Conference.

    30.8K 878 66
  • John Sumser

    John Sumser Occidental, CA

    HR Tech analyst and advisor to major companies such as Glassdoor and Work4Labs.

    30.2K 854 70
  • Ramon Ray

    Ramon Ray NYC

    The doyen of small business growth. Tech evangelist with Smallbiztechnology. Regular speaker and writer.

    18.9K 886 72
  • Aneel Bhursi

    Aneel Bhursi San Francisco

    VC with Greylock who is also co-founder and joint CEO of Workday, a leader in enterprise cloud solutions for HR.

    13.4K 768 54
  • Alex MacCaw

    Alex MacCaw San Francisco

    Co-founder of, creator of dev sourcing tool, engineer and published author.

    16.1K 818 56
  • Bill Kutik

    Bill Kutik Leafy Westport, CT

    The father of the popular HR Tech Conference. Best-known as host for his own twice-weekly US radio show also tech columnist for HRE.

    12K 784 N/A

The beauty of social media is that this is a continuing conversation. If you think we missed anyone, give us a shout.

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Christine Del Castillo

Christine Del Castillo is the former Community Manager at Workable. She wrote about employee experience, talent brands and our event series, Workable Ideas. She tweets @chrissachrissa.

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